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Compensation for unfair dismissal - free determination by court: Yes

Remarks:
  • - The CSA does not contain provisions on avenues for redress for unfair dismissal. Non-compliance with procedural requirements is the only aspect covered by the CSA.
    Indeed, the CSA refers the determination by a tribunal of "any question (...) as to the right of an employee to a severance payment, or as to the amount of severance payment or to determine whether an employee has complied with an employer's notice". (sec. 26(1)). However, there is no provision on any specific compensation to be awarded by the tribunal in such cases.

    - Under the Equality of Opportunity and Treatment in Employment and Occupation Act, an employee who is a victim of any discriminatory act (including discriminatory dismissals), may apply for damages from the employer for any loss caused directly or indirectly as a result of the contravention (sec. 24 (a) EOTEOA). The law does not foresee any cap on such damages.

    - See also Section 11 of the Registration, Status and Recognition of Trade Unions and Employers' Organisations Act, for discriminatory dismissal based on trade union membership or activities. This provision does not set any limits on the amount of compensation to be awarded.

Reinstatement available: Yes

Remarks:
  • - Reinstatement is only available as a remedy for discriminatory dismissal under the Equality of Opportunity and Treatment in Employment and Occupation Act.
    According to sec. 24(2) (b) of the EOTEOA, an person who is aggrieved by a discriminatory act prohibited under that law (which includes discriminatory dismissal) can apply for "order to employ, re-employ or reinstate any person, although the vacancy in question has already been filled and although the employer may be liable to any claim arising from the need to dismiss or terminate the services of any other employee who has been engaged".
    - According to section 11(5) of the Registration, Status and Recognition of Trade Unions and Employers' Organisations Act, if the Industrial Relations Tribunal finds that an employee has been dismissed on the grounds on his/her trade union membership or activities, the employee is entitled to reinstatement, along with any remedy deemed appropriate, unless reinstatement is not reasonable practicable.
    - As already indicated, the provision of the CSA on avenues for redress only refers to the determination by a tribunal of "any question (...) as to the right of an employee to a severance payment, or as to the amount of severance payment or to determine whether an employee has complied with an employer's notice" (sec. 26(1)). The CSA is silent as to the remedies available in such cases, and therefore reinstatement does not seem to be available to the employee.

Preliminary mandatory conciliation: No

Remarks:
  • No information found in the CSA or the EOTEOA .

    The TUEOA (which deals with dismissal based on trade union activities/membership) provides for the possibility to settle the dispute by conciliation mediation or arbitration of the parties so agree. In such cases, the Industrial Relations Tribunal would only be competent in the event of failure to obtain settlement of the dispute through conciliation mediation or arbitration (sec. 7).

Competent court(s) / tribunal(s): ordinary courts; labour court

Remarks:
  • - CSA, sec. 26(1): "Any question arising under this Part as to the right of an employee to a severance payment, or as to the amount of severance payment or to determine whether an employee has complied with an employer's notice, shall, in accordance with the regulations made under this Part be referred to and determined by a tribunal".
    - The remedial provision of EOTEOA (which covers discriminatory dismissals) refers to "any court of competent jurisdiction" (sec. 24).

    - However, pursuant to the Registration, Status and Recognition of Trade Unions and Employers' Organisations Act, the Industrial Relations Tribunal (which is a specialized tripartite body) is competent to hear disputes over dismissals of employees on account of their trade union membership of their pursuit of lawful trade unions activities (sec. 11 and 45).

Existing arbitration: Yes

Remarks:
  • No provision found as to the settlement of dismissal disputes through arbitration in the CSA and the EOTEOA.
    However, the TUEOA (which deals with dismissal based on trade union activities/membership) provides for the possibility to settle the dispute by conciliation mediation or arbitration of the parties so agree. In such cases, the Industrial Relations Tribunal would only be competent in the event of failure to obtain settlement of the dispute though conciliation mediation or arbitration (sec. 7).

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Compensation for unfair dismissal - free determination by court: Yes

Remarks:
  • - The CSA does not contain provisions on avenues for redress for unfair dismissal. Non-compliance with procedural requirements is the only aspect covered by the CSA.
    Indeed, the CSA refers the determination by a tribunal of "any question (...) as to the right of an employee to a severance payment, or as to the amount of severance payment or to determine whether an employee has complied with an employer's notice". (sec. 26(1)). However, there is no provision on any specific compensation to be awarded by the tribunal in such cases.

    - Under the Equality of Opportunity and Treatment in Employment and Occupation Act, an employee who is a victim of any discriminatory act (including discriminatory dismissals), may apply for damages from the employer for any loss caused directly or indirectly as a result of the contravention (sec. 24 (a) EOTEOA). The law does not foresee any cap on such damages.

    - See also Section 11 of the Registration, Status and Recognition of Trade Unions and Employers' Organisations Act, for discriminatory dismissal based on trade union membership or activities. This provision does not set any limits on the amount of compensation to be awarded.

Reinstatement available: Yes

Remarks:
  • - Reinstatement is only available as a remedy for discriminatory dismissal under the Equality of Opportunity and Treatment in Employment and Occupation Act.
    According to sec. 24(2) (b) of the EOTEOA, an person who is aggrieved by a discriminatory act prohibited under that law (which includes discriminatory dismissal) can apply for "order to employ, re-employ or reinstate any person, although the vacancy in question has already been filled and although the employer may be liable to any claim arising from the need to dismiss or terminate the services of any other employee who has been engaged".
    - According to section 11(5) of the Registration, Status and Recognition of Trade Unions and Employers' Organisations Act, if the Industrial Relations Tribunal finds that an employee has been dismissed on the grounds on his/her trade union membership or activities, the employee is entitled to reinstatement, along with any remedy deemed appropriate, unless reinstatement is not reasonable practicable.
    - As already indicated, the provision of the CSA on avenues for redress only refers to the determination by a tribunal of "any question (...) as to the right of an employee to a severance payment, or as to the amount of severance payment or to determine whether an employee has complied with an employer's notice" (sec. 26(1)). The CSA is silent as to the remedies available in such cases, and therefore reinstatement does not seem to be available to the employee.

Preliminary mandatory conciliation: No

Remarks:
  • No information found in the CSA or the EOTEOA .

    The TUEOA (which deals with dismissal based on trade union activities/membership) provides for the possibility to settle the dispute by conciliation mediation or arbitration of the parties so agree. In such cases, the Industrial Relations Tribunal would only be competent in the event of failure to obtain settlement of the dispute through conciliation mediation or arbitration (sec. 7).

Competent court(s) / tribunal(s): ordinary courts; labour court

Remarks:
  • - CSA, sec. 26(1): "Any question arising under this Part as to the right of an employee to a severance payment, or as to the amount of severance payment or to determine whether an employee has complied with an employer's notice, shall, in accordance with the regulations made under this Part be referred to and determined by a tribunal".
    - The remedial provision of EOTEOA (which covers discriminatory dismissals) refers to "any court of competent jurisdiction" (sec. 24).

    - However, pursuant to the Registration, Status and Recognition of Trade Unions and Employers' Organisations Act, the Industrial Relations Tribunal (which is a specialized tripartite body) is competent to hear disputes over dismissals of employees on account of their trade union membership of their pursuit of lawful trade unions activities (sec. 11 and 45).

Existing arbitration: Yes

Remarks:
  • No provision found as to the settlement of dismissal disputes through arbitration in the CSA and the EOTEOA.
    However, the TUEOA (which deals with dismissal based on trade union activities/membership) provides for the possibility to settle the dispute by conciliation mediation or arbitration of the parties so agree. In such cases, the Industrial Relations Tribunal would only be competent in the event of failure to obtain settlement of the dispute though conciliation mediation or arbitration (sec. 7).

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Compensation for unfair dismissal - free determination by court: Yes

Remarks:
  • - The CSA does not contain provisions on avenues for redress for unfair dismissal. Non-compliance with procedural requirements is the only aspect covered by the CSA.
    Indeed, the CSA refers the determination by a tribunal of "any question (...) as to the right of an employee to a severance payment, or as to the amount of severance payment or to determine whether an employee has complied with an employer's notice". (sec. 26(1)). However, there is no provision on any specific compensation to be awarded by the tribunal in such cases.

    - Under the Equality of Opportunity and Treatment in Employment and Occupation Act, an employee who is a victim of any discriminatory act (including discriminatory dismissals), may apply for damages from the employer for any loss caused directly or indirectly as a result of the contravention (sec. 24 (a) EOTEOA). The law does not foresee any cap on such damages.

    - See also Section 11 of the Registration, Status and Recognition of Trade Unions and Employers' Organisations Act, for discriminatory dismissal based on trade union membership or activities. This provision does not set any limits on the amount of compensation to be awarded.

Reinstatement available: Yes

Remarks:
  • - Reinstatement is only available as a remedy for discriminatory dismissal under the Equality of Opportunity and Treatment in Employment and Occupation Act.
    According to sec. 24(2) (b) of the EOTEOA, an person who is aggrieved by a discriminatory act prohibited under that law (which includes discriminatory dismissal) can apply for "order to employ, re-employ or reinstate any person, although the vacancy in question has already been filled and although the employer may be liable to any claim arising from the need to dismiss or terminate the services of any other employee who has been engaged".
    - According to section 11(5) of the Registration, Status and Recognition of Trade Unions and Employers' Organisations Act, if the Industrial Relations Tribunal finds that an employee has been dismissed on the grounds on his/her trade union membership or activities, the employee is entitled to reinstatement, along with any remedy deemed appropriate, unless reinstatement is not reasonable practicable.
    - As already indicated, the provision of the CSA on avenues for redress only refers to the determination by a tribunal of "any question (...) as to the right of an employee to a severance payment, or as to the amount of severance payment or to determine whether an employee has complied with an employer's notice" (sec. 26(1)). The CSA is silent as to the remedies available in such cases, and therefore reinstatement does not seem to be available to the employee.

Preliminary mandatory conciliation: No

Remarks:
  • No information found in the CSA or the EOTEOA .

    The TUEOA (which deals with dismissal based on trade union activities/membership) provides for the possibility to settle the dispute by conciliation mediation or arbitration of the parties so agree. In such cases, the Industrial Relations Tribunal would only be competent in the event of failure to obtain settlement of the dispute through conciliation mediation or arbitration (sec. 7).

Competent court(s) / tribunal(s): ordinary courts; labour court

Remarks:
  • - CSA, sec. 26(1): "Any question arising under this Part as to the right of an employee to a severance payment, or as to the amount of severance payment or to determine whether an employee has complied with an employer's notice, shall, in accordance with the regulations made under this Part be referred to and determined by a tribunal".
    - The remedial provision of EOTEOA (which covers discriminatory dismissals) refers to "any court of competent jurisdiction" (sec. 24).

    - However, pursuant to the Registration, Status and Recognition of Trade Unions and Employers' Organisations Act, the Industrial Relations Tribunal (which is a specialized tripartite body) is competent to hear disputes over dismissals of employees on account of their trade union membership of their pursuit of lawful trade unions activities (sec. 11 and 45).

Existing arbitration: Yes

Remarks:
  • No provision found as to the settlement of dismissal disputes through arbitration in the CSA and the EOTEOA.
    However, the TUEOA (which deals with dismissal based on trade union activities/membership) provides for the possibility to settle the dispute by conciliation mediation or arbitration of the parties so agree. In such cases, the Industrial Relations Tribunal would only be competent in the event of failure to obtain settlement of the dispute though conciliation mediation or arbitration (sec. 7).